Let’s discuss it privately, Guan Eng agrees on power transition

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng launches the e-Tunai Rakyat programme in Putrajaya today.

PUTRAJAYA: Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng has joined several Cabinet colleagues in calling for private discussions on the transition of power from Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to PKR president Anwar Ibrahim.

He said it was difficult to impose a gag order in a democratic country, but it would be in Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) best interests to discuss the matter internally.

“Having a public spat will only benefit our opponents. Let us focus on governing, and resolving these issues internally,” he told reporters after launching the e-Tunai Rakyat programme here this evening.

Lim said Mahathir had already set a timeline for his term.

“The PH Presidential Council will then meet and set a date, and once that date has been set, it will be announced at the appropriate time,” he said.

It was previously reported that Mahathir will step down after the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit in November.

Earlier today, Anwar had also urged PH members to refrain from discussing the transition issue in public after several PKR MPs suggested that Mahathir hands over the leadership in May.

Anwar urged PH members to respect the consensus that was agreed upon in January 2018, adding that he had already given Mahathir his assurance that he would support the prime minister during his tenure.

Earlier this month, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman also urged PH members to discuss the matter through the right channels.